Mississippi Grant Project
IMPORTANT UPDATE 3/30/05: The Meyer Memorial Trust has funded our grant proposal in full. This page will now contain documentation for the execution of the grant. General, non-technical information will be presented at HistoricMississippiCommunityNetwork.
This page will serve as a central repository for proposals and decisions regarding our upcoming grant proposal. Please date your thoughts and leave your name. -MichaelWeinberg
At Hack Night, the following was outlined:
- Meyer Deadline Jan 15th. Answer within 3 mo.
- Rooftop on N. Mississippi 4000 block
3 MB DSL line donated by Stephouse Networks
- VoIP phones in local businesses, other community gathering places
- Community message board and other network services
- Metrix or similar solution as backbone
AaronBaer will be lead for getting all tech info worked out
MichaelWeinberg will write grant proposal and oversee execution
Grant will be for 1 year, with first 6 mo. dedicated to buildout and last 6 mo. for tweaking and community education/outreach. -MichaelWeinberg 11/11/04
Site survey was done this morning. Plan to use a 3 radio antenna array mounted on a chimney. Currently two rooftops are in play: one as the anchor point and wired backhaul location, and the other for wireless backhaul to extend the coverage. -MichaelWeinberg 11/13/04
Hardware Information and Prices
This is the infrastructure that will "cloud" the Mississippi area with the main source of network conectivity.
The backbone of the network will look something like this: - AaronBaer
The building at the corner of Mississippi and Shaver will host the main source of the network. This will consist of three wireless devices. One device providing an omni-directional presence and two devices with directional vagi or patch antennas with high gain one pointing south and one pointing north along the length of Mississippi. This point will also manage the point of presence to the Internet which is expected to be a 6mb/6mb dsl line donated by a to be announced ISP (StepHouse).
For the initial roll out there will be two other backhaul points south of the initial node. One point half way down the down the main area in question residing on the other side of the street, rebroadcasting an omni-directional signal to the midpoint of the network. The second point will be at the end of the area in question at the crest of the hill rebroadcasting and omni-directional signal locally and a directional signal which will crest the top of the hill and point towards downtown Portland.
Metrix Mark II $539.99/each
Metrix Mark I $329/each
Cisco 1230 AIRONET 1230 AG ACCESS POINT (donation)
Each point where connections will be made to the network the client will connect to the main backhaul of the network using a WET11 (is this the only approved device?). This device will route all clients to the main part of the network. (Downfall-all clients will appear as one)
Each local client can maintain proper signal coverage for the immediate area with local Access Points.
Linksys/Cisco Bridges WET54GS5 $158.65/each
Linksys WAP54G Wireless-G Access Point $65.99/each
Other Needed Hardware
- Patch Antenna
- 5ghz Patch 8dbi or better ~$45/each
- 9dbi Omni
- 2.4ghz Omni ~$45/each
- Three roof mounts
- one penetrating
- one non-penetrating (ballasted)
- one with straps (chimney mount)
- Three masts (need lengths and diameters)
POE Injectors $40/each
- For each backhaul device, current count 6
LMR-400 20' $25; 10' $18
- For any point where backhaul device needs to be attached to external antenna
- Likely will need pigtail adapters too.
Other needed equipment
- CAT5e 1000' Ethernet Cable $75 (UV CAT5 for ANY outdoor applications)
- Lightning/Surge arrestors (for Coax and/or Ethernet runs)
VoIP phones GrandStream Budgetone $65/each
See NodeMississippi for the regular-style node information page.
Publicity and Outreach
We have a budget to print flyers, brochures and handouts. We will need manpower to distribute them as well. Please offer ideas on who to target, what to say and how to reach them on the MississippiOutreach page.